Paul D. "Pete" McLain's efforts to save the dwindling osprey population back in the 1970s have paid off
Visitors who click on the Friends of Island Beach's osprey cam are often entranced by the sight of the osprey pair keeping watch over their clutch of four rust-and cream-colored eggs.
But it wasn't always this easy to keep tabs on the ospreys of Island Beach State Park.
Environmental conditions were grim for the large raptor birds back in the early 1970s. Nesting sites were hard to come by, due to the rapid development of wetlands. DDT and other chemicals had been heavily used in 1950s and 1960s for mosquito control and worked their way into the food chain.
The following article was contributed by Diane Husic, resident of Eldred Township, Moravian Professor and active participant in the restoration project at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.
As I type this, Purple and Gold Finches in full breeding plumage are at the thistle feeder, joined occasionally by a migrating Pine Siskin. They are being watched by an Eastern Phoebe at the top of our pear tree. The phoebes usually build a nest under our deck, and this particular bird seems to be checking out this possibility again for this season. The juncos left about a week ago, and today was the first day that I didn’t hear a White-throated Sparrow. Have they moved on to their summer homes and friends farther north?
I hope that on this May Day, you have time to enjoy one of your favorite landscapes and to count the blessings that Mother Nature shares with us.
To read the entire article and enjoy more of Diane's writing go to Diane's Blog Spot : A New Prosperity
The Lehigh Gap Nature Center is a non-profit, member-run conservation organization located in the Lehigh Gap of Pennsylvania at the foot of the Kittatinny Ridge, between the towns of Slatington and Palmerton.
To learn more about this amazing organization watch the video below then visit the website to learn how you can become a part of this amazing transformation.
BMPA and it's members will be forever grateful to Dan and the LGNC for all of the support they have given to our organization.
Rachel Carson: At a time when Americans’ confidence in their business and government leaders is low, Rachel Carson offers a forceful example of one person’s ability to incite positive change.
We are part of the earth, and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters; the deer, the horse, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the juices in the meadows, the body heat of the pony and man -- all belong to the same family."
We do not trade the lives of children for raptors, our ever-important bioindicators and symbols of wildness and freedom and bravery. Carson was warning us, as was Chief Seathl – warnings we still do not heed.
I received this from a friend and thought I would share this amazing story & photos.
BLACK BEAR QUINTUPLETS
Black bears typically have two cubs; rarely, one or three. In 2008, in northern New Hampshire , a black bear Sow gave birth to five healthy young. There were two or three reports of sows with as many as 4 cubs, but five was, and is, very extraordinary. I learned of them shortly after they emerged from their den and set myself a goal of photographing all five cubs with their mom - no matter how much time and effort was involved. I knew the trail they followed on a fairly regular basis, usually shortly before dark. After spending nearly four hours a day, seven days a week, for more than six weeks, I had that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and photographed them. I used the equivalent of a very fast film speed on my digital camera. The print is properly focused and well exposed, with all six bears posing as if they were in a studio for a family portrait. (story & photos)